Trivandrum, without a doubt, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. Situated on seven hills, with a long beautiful coastline, Trivandrum is a magnificent and mesmerizing place to refresh and rejuvenate yourself, amid scenic beauty and pictorial landscapes. Trivandrum is famous for a plethora of adventure activities, including water sports, courtesy the long coastline and tropical climate of the location. Plus, the various number of appealing trek sites existing in Trivandrum, make the place an ideal trekking destination for adventure seekers. Trivandrum is also highly admired for the backwater stretches which provide picturesque vistas to visitors, apart from the pristine and gleaming beaches of Kerala. Not just that the capital city is a treasure of numerous sightseeing options, it offers several excursions, allowing you to discover the beauty and charm of the nearby places as well. Listed here are some fascinating and pleasant excursion sites close to Trivandrum.
The English East India Company built the Anchunthengu Fort in Trivandrum in the 17th century. The fort, along with the adjoining cemetery, is noteworthy for relics of this first major British trading station on the Malabar Coast. It is considered as one of the oldest recorded trading structures. The fort houses a number of relics and scriptures which reinforce Kerala's popularity as the trading hub for many centuries.
Aruvikkara is a place comparatively less explored by conventional tourists. An ideal destination as both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot, it is located on the banks of Karamana River and houses a temple, where a rock-cut shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy, the divine personification of female power. Along with the temple, there is located a dam which fulfils the water needs of the city. The surroundings are a picturesque collage of enormous hills, glinting river, and dense forests.
Kovalam is one of the most popular beach hangouts not only in Kerala but also in India. The word 'Kovalam' means a grove of coconut trees, which is evident from the long line of swaying coconut palms along the beaches. The beach is an idyllic retreat from the busy city life. Since the beach was a fisherman's colony earlier, the place is also famous for its lip-smacking seafood.
The hill station of Ponmudi is located at a distance of 61 km from Trivandrum. The enchanting bounty of nature can be witnessed here amid quiet surroundings. It is a popular picnic spot with loads of natural scenic beauty to soak in. The hill station is endowed with natural springs and cliffs which are like a portal to the natural greens.
An important Muslim pilgrim centre, Beema Palli is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious Muslim lady believed to have possessed divine powers. Devotees of all faiths visit the Beema Palli Mosque. The mosque registers maximum visitors during the ten-day festival of Chandanakundam.
The 'Madre De Deus' Church, commonly known as the Vettukad Church, attracts thousands of devotees from all religions and from different parts of India and abroad. The annual celebration at Vettukad Church is called the 'Feast of Christ, The King'. The fte is a lavish affair, celebrated across ten days. On the final day, a mass is organized by the church.
In this section of Trivandrum travel, we have highlighted some of the excursion points around Trivandrum/ Thiruvananthapuram city.
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